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''(The following article should be best read while listening to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riTHd2hSWaU this.]])''

Zzz... *snort* Huh--what?! Who started up that music again? Can't an old ape get any peace and quiet around here?!

Oh…it was one of you [[BreakingtheFourthWall tropers]] again, eh? Jumping from page to page all day and night--drives an old ape to tears, really...

Hold up - so you're actually here to learn about ''my'' history now, are ya? Well, it's about time, if I do say so m'self! Right--where to begin…

Guess I'll start with my name. See here, most people these days know me as Cranky Kong--can't rightly imagine why, though. Thing is, the ape you're looking at was the ''original'' Donkey Kong - back when all it took was four frames of animation and an infinite supply of barrels to strike ''terror'' into the hearts of game players. Look at my no-good son (or grandson, those lazy boneheads at {{Nintendo}} couldn't keep consistency if their whole company depended on it), what with his tie-wearing, his bongo playing, his peg-swinging…!

Sorry, sorry--lost my head there for a second. Let me start over from the beginning.

So! It all began at the beginning of TheEighties (that's ''nineteen'' 80's, if you didn't realize), the era where the video arcade was alive and thriving! ''VideoGame/PacMan'' was gorging himself on ghosts, dots, and cherries, the ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' were upsetting the availability of Japanese yen, and…''Radar Scope'' was crashing and burning--the latest in Japanese videogame developer Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s attempts to break into the North American market. Things were getting desperate, so the president of the company--the late Hiroshi Yamauchi (may he rest in peace) asked Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, who had been working at the company for just a few years on at that point, to design a game that the unsold ''Radar Scope'' units could be converted into. What the company needed (among other things) was their actual own stable of characters, after attempts to secure the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' license fell through.

And that's where I come into this, finally!

I was dreamed up by Mr. Miyamoto as an antagonist that's "nothing too evil or repulsive" (hmph), so I ended up in the form of an ape. EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys, [[OrSoIHeard or so I keep getting told]]. Well, that's all fine and dandy. But how did I get named ''Donkey'' Kong? [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Monkeys aren't donkeys]], after all. Well…he was over there in Japan, where they don't always [[GratuitousEnglish speak English s'good]]. He wanted a name that gave the "stupid ape" impression (not going to say anything, nope nope nope), and he had a dictionary. Well, one thing lead to another, and Mr. Miyamoto used my name as the game's title, since ''I'' was the strongest character of the game. 'Course he did!

''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' was a smash hit all over the world -- and all because of me! I was what the kids called "OG" - Original Gorilla! I…sorry, lost myself again.

The game itself was an exemplar of the great values of the old days of video gaming, where my rolling barrels, throwing jumping jacks, and…running a pie factory somehow…made the player, who controlled a goofy little character named [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros "Jumpman"]], work and sweat and dump in quarter after quarter to get to the end of each level and the game. Yeah, yeah, he won, I lost. I took my beating like a champ, and always was ready for the next round, with the obstacles a little faster, the timer a little shorter, and the hapless sucker in a near-constant state of dread, hunched over the joystick and the buttons like a--never mind.

After the success of my first game, I found myself a little woman to settle down with, and we had a son -- m'boy, Donkey Kong Junior. For some reason, though, when Nintendo naturally called me back in to make the inevitable sequel to my first game, they decided to make ''me'' the DistressedDude by having that Jumpman character stick me in a cage, and make Junior the star! Pah, no respect, even then… still, I suppose the kid didn't do too bad a job for his first and only ever outing -- poor Junior just couldn't hack it in the gaming industry.

I had at least (''at least!'') one more game in me, so once again I came forward to make some poor sucker's life a living heck ([[GoshDangItToHeck pardon my language there]]) in a little game called ''Donkey Kong 3''. Oh, you shoulda seen it - I was downright ''acrobatic'', with me climbing all up and down, knocking around beehives and wasp nests, making my worthy opponent have to scramble to keep them away from his blooming flowers and spraying me up the butt to win the round...y'know, I think it was around then I wanted to take a breather from the spotlight.

I was starting to feel my age a bit at that point, so I gave Nintendo my forwarding address if they needed me, and decided to pack up my family and move back to my home on Donkey Kong Island. Not much to say on that account; Junior grew up, married a local girl as they do, and had himself a son - that they named after his granddaddy, of course. Since I wouldn't let 'em forget how things used to be, they started to call me Cranky Kong - and that just made me more determined to give them an earful and then some! I think it was around that time that the wife said that she was going to pursue a career in teaching "like she always wanted" (coulda fooled me) and moved off to Kremling Isle to open a franchise. Started working out too, which I think was due to my pet name for her - "Wrinkly Kong". What? It's cute!

Then came [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1 the first Kremling war]]. Some [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent no-good, slimy, scaly pirate crocodiles]] calling themselves the Kremlings invaded our island in the dead of night; they stole all of the Kong clan's precious bananas and beat up my grandson's pal, Diddy Kong. Useless great lug slept through the whole thing. Of course, he tried to redeem himself the next morning by going on to rescue his buddy, beat up the bad guys, and get back our yummy yellow treats. I graciously offered him advice and hints that were essential for him to progress through the game.

Of course, the stupid young lug didn't learn, and wound up [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest getting himself kidnapped by K. Rool]]. Luckily for him, Diddy Kong and that girlfriend of his decided to chase the Kremlings back to Crocodile Isle and get the great oaf back. I decided to see how good they were, and challenged them to recover a series of golden Hero Coins that I hid all over the island. Lucky for the little snots that my wife had set up her school there, on Crocodile Isle, and the soft-hearted old thing was willing to help save their game. She even went and offered tips for them -- that was supposed to be my job! …Then again, she was smart enough to charge them coins for it. Wish I'd been that smart… never you mind!

After the little kids rescued that big kid grandson of mine, the whole clan decided to head to the North Kremisphere for some well-earned vacations. My wife closed down her school and moved into some nice caves. Me? I decided it was time to get out some and do some training for my next game; if those punk kids could handle it, why, so could I! I went all over the Kremisphere in Swanky Kong's new amusement park. Apparently, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble DK and Diddy got kidnapped by the local Kremlings]], so Dixie and her baby cousin Kiddy had to rescue them. Pah! What useless wimps. Still, I graciously deigned to let the two of them challenge me whenever they dropped by Swanky Kong's place.

…My wife… she passed on sometime after that. Shut up! I'm not crying!

Some time after that, K. Rool showed up again, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 this time planning to blow up our island]]! My grandson, Diddy and three others of the clan went out and saved us -- but they couldn't have pulled it off without the special ability-enhancing potions I brewed up for them!

Eventually, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns some living instruments hypnotized the animals and stole my dumb grandson's bananas again.]] Him and his little buddy did some platforming stuff, while I converted my house into a flying shop to offer useful items. [[NoHeroDiscount For a modest fee, of course.]] Then, just as we were settling down, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze some blasted Arctic hooligans kicked us out of our home!]] [[RetiredBadass It was time I showed those horned whippersnappers a thing or two about invading an old ape's island.]]

I made several cameos in those ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smash Bros.]]'' games, too. I even appeared in the third and fourth games during my glory days in the 75m stage. My movement may have been limited, but it was fun smacking around the likes of Jumpman, my grandson and that nephew of his, [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}} that fire breathing turtle]], that green-haired hoity-toity goddess, [[VideoGame/FZero that loudmouthed, birdbrained galoot]] [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Ganondorf}} and his]] MovesetClone (Get it? Heh-heh), [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that sparky yellow varmint]], [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Lucario}} the bipedal jackal who mutters about "aura"]], along with [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}} that psychokinetic sideshow]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII that broody punk with that oversized toothpick]], [[Videogame/{{Bayonetta}} that shameless hussy who should be arrested for indecent exposure]], and even [[VideoGame/PacMan ol' Dot Muncher himself]]. I'll bring some real action next time 'round, just you see!

Now, I'm not in the mood to divulge any further on my past right now, so the rest of my tale will have to wait another day. Let's just get these tropes over and done with, alright?
!!Tropes that apply to me:
* AbnormalAmmo: Those dentures sure have bite to them.
* BadassGrandpa: I may be old, but I still got a lot of fight left in me!
* CaneFu: Think it's just for show? Guess again.
* CoolOldGuy: Oh, you flatter me.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oh, ''really''? I can't imagine why.
* DemotedToExtra: I played Swanky's Sideshow against those twerps Dixie and Kiddie in ''Donkey Kong Country 3''…and who you calling "extra"?!
* GrumpyOldMan: Who you calling "grumpy", you disrespectful hooligans?!
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Someone told me that if you hold down the Y Button in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', you can run!
* HiddenDepths: I may not look like it, but I've got a [[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry pretty good singing voice.]] But not good enough for those chumps over at Nintendo to bother putting in their games, apparently.
* HintSystem: In ''Donkey Kong Country'', I'd give my [[LegacyCharacter no good grandson]] some advice as to how to get extra lives and discover some secrets.
* MadScientist: I was concocting potions in Donkey Kong 64! [[RunningGag Wait… who you calling "mad"?!]] We used to respect our elders back in my day!
* MightyGlacier: Sure, I'm not as spry as I used to be, but in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'', I'll bring plenty of attacks in!
* NostalgiaFilter: You whippersnappers don't know how good we had it back in my day! Our video game controllers weren't battery-powered -- they plugged right into the console. And we liked it that way! And [[VideoGameTutorial we didn't need the game to explain to us how it worked]]. [[ReadTheFreakingManual That's what instruction manuals are for!]]
* PromotedToPlayable: So you think I'm all talk, eh? Well, go play ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' and see how you'll think of me then!
* RetiredBadass: You young'uns probably don't know this, but I was the original Donkey Kong in the arcade games.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior!: It's you kids who really need to learn to be polite! Why in my day…
* ThisCannotBe: I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw those young'uns get over 2000 points on my ''VideoGame/{{Jetpac}}'' game!
* YouKnowWhatTheySay: "…all graphics and no game play!"
I could tell you yarns about the old days all day long, but I'm getting tired. Gotta get my rest.

Make sure to shut the gate on your way out. Were you raised in a barn?!